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Change Ringing (2013)

Striking clocks have been a part of the soundscape for centuries. By making audible a shared sense of time, the technology of the clock bell created a temporal community within range of its tone. Today, however, our networked culture is marked not by shared sonic environments, but by the exchange of data, as the vast amount of information produced by our activities online and in the physical world generates its own patterns of daily ebb and flow.

Change Ringing invokes the spirit of a town striking clock for the electroacoustic community created by the transmission of WGXC-FM in upstate New York. Each hour, on the hour, a one-minute musical piece is broadcast that sonifies data from the transmission area sampled over the previous hour. These include astronomical measurements, weather, social media, and streams from a set of custom acoustic sensors placed in the landscape. The bells play at variable tempos that follow the contour of their data sources, and as the varying micro-melodies shift across repeated listenings, they produce an ambient awareness of environmental change.

Sensor housing: Matt Bua. Support: Wave Farm Residency Program. Thanks: Galen Joseph-Hunter, Tom Roe, Nina Bar-Giora.